Pilates Highlights from 2011

Happy New Year! May all of you experience good health and may your Pilates journey bring you freedom and fulfillment. I always believe that in a new year we must look and move forward. I also treasure what has just passed and use the past learning experience to help me get better! Hence I would like to take the opportunity to share with you some Pilates highlights from last year and I have chosen an article from about.com, one site which I love to go to. Enjoy the read and this year I really look forward to sharing with you more and also to hear from you as I believe your comments can help change the lives of others who frequent this site!

Article from about.com:

I hope you will look back on 2011 as a good year. It was for me. And from my unique vantage point, I think Pilates had a good year too. So, before we dash into the New Year, I thought you might enjoy a little reflection on the past one. Here are 10  Pilates highlights from 2011:

We Made News -

Pippa Middleton Gives Pilates a Booty Boost.  After the Royal Wedding, when word came out that Pilates was at least partly responsible for Pippa looking so fabulous in her body-skimming gown, the web went Pilates crazy. There were stories about Pippa’s bum everywhere and we continue to see Pippa and Pilates stories roll out.
Read more about  Pilates at the Royal Wedding

Pilates Continued to Grow: In an August, 2011 report, the independent industry research publisher IBISWorld reported that Pilates is growing and expected to grow more. (quite right). Read: Statistics Show: Pilates Keeps on Growing.

We Had Opinions -

Your Favorite Pilates Exercise:  The most popular exercise on this Pilates website was: The Hundred. Runner up: Standing Legwork. Both results surprised me because I think Teaser is leading in our Readers Share Favorite Exercises postings.

Your Favorite Workout: The Classic Pilates Mat Sequence Of course!
Runner up: Beginner Pilates Exercises, which I take as a good sign.

The 2011 Pilates Readers’ Choice Awards: 2011 was the first year Pilates at About.com participated in the About.com Readers’ Choice Awards and we had a tremendous show of participation. Readers voted in 3 categories: Best Workout Clothes, Best Pilates Reformer, Best Pilates DVD.

We Embraced New Books -

Pilates Anatomy: Destined to become a major Pilates resource, Rael Isacowitz and Karen Clippenger teamed up to reveal the anatomy and kinesiology of the classic Pilates exercises in this illustrated and technically detailed book .  Read my Review

The Pilates Path to Health: The Pilates community enthusiastically embraced this heart-felt exploration of how the effects of Pilates go way beyond exercise. Read  My Review

We Came Together -

Pilates Conferences: Pilates people are getting together to share expertise, learn, and be inspired. The PMA conference may be the largest of the conferences, but significant gatherings of Pilates enthusiasts happened all over the world. This is an encouraging trend. Read reports from the 2011 PMA conferenceLearn about other Pilates Conferences

Pilates in Social Media: The Pilates community on social media really exploded this year. We’re having a great time posting articles, photos, and information as well as generally supporting each other. Join me, Marguerite Ogle, and Pilates.About.com on Twitter, Facebook , Linkedin, Pilates Forum.

Pilates Elder Ron Fletcher Passes Away: On December, 6, 2011 we mourned the loss and celebrated the life of one of our greats:  Ron Fletcher.
Learn About Ron Fletcher and Fletcher Pilates

10 makes for a short list! What is on your 2011 Pilates highlights list? Please comment below.

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Learning Pilates For Beginners

Pilates has become a very popular word and if you ask many people what Pilates is all about, a common answer would be “Its like Yoga”. Now that you know the word “Pilates”, it is time to understand it. To do that, here is the 3 most important steps.

1. READ about Pilates.

2. WATCH Pilates videos.

3. PRACTISE Pilates.

I’m committed to getting you to take these 3 steps in this website! This article is part of your 1st step. Enjoy the read!

Article:

Pilates is not new, in fact it’s been around for decades, but it’s become one of the fastest growing fitness programs and is popular across a wide populace. Athletes, movie stars, seniors, and everyone in between, have all learned the advantages that Pilates can bring to their workout and fitness routines.

Pilates workout involves the precise, controlled movement of muscles through a series of exercises designed to lengthen, strengthen and tone the body. These Pilates exercises target core muscles such as the abs, hip flexors and lower back, but the effects of Pilates are a whole body experience. Pilates not only shapes and tones the body, it brings balance and harmony as well.

Because of its ease of use and adaptability, Pilates is an ideal exercise method for many people. The Pilates method can easily be modified to suit individual needs and is ideal not only for fitness, but rehabilitating after an injury. There are many wonderful exercise videos and Pilates DVDs on the market, these can help the beginner get off to a solid start.

There are 6 basic Pilates principles:

Breathing – proper breathing is important in Pilates as in all exercise programs.

Centering – all Pilates movements are centered on your core muscles.

Concentration – every movement should be deliberate, focused and controlled.

Control – correct form and muscle control are essential to effective Pilates training.

Precision – with practice, every movement will become precise and controlled.

Flow – movements should flow smoothly from one exercise to the next without stopping.

Pilates puts much emphasis on core strength and flexibility. The results of Pilates can be profound, resulting in a body that is not only strong, but balanced and able to move freely. It can be a refreshing discovery for anyone who has not found success with other fitness methods.

Pilates for beginners is often helped by watching a Pilates DVD or Pilates video, it’s essential to learn the proper form, concentration and movement if you want to maximize your Pilates workout. To get started a Pilates mat and fitness DVDs will get you headed down the path to whole body fitness and toning.

Some of the Pilates techniques will require time to master; don’t expect to gain proficiency overnight. Take your time, concentrate on form and with experience you’ll gain mastery as well as a strong, lean body.

When looking for the most effective exercise program Pilates wins hands down. If you’re new to Pilates be sure to visit our Pilates for Beginners section to get you off to a solid start. You’ll soon be the envy of all your friends when the amazing results of Pilates is revealed in your new tight and toned body.

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I feel this article is helpful to people who do not know anything about Pilates. I would love to hear your feedback on this article, so please comment below to share your opinion and experiences.

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Pilates for Beginners – Rolling like a ball

This Pilates mat exercises helps to massage your spine and is a fun piece to include in your Pilates workout. It is also a popular piece amongst people when they go to a pilates class in a pilates studio. I personally like it because my students never fail to laugh when they do this piece! Have fun rolling!

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Pilates for Beginners – Single Leg Circles

I’m sure you must have been waiting for this next Pilates Mat exercise the last few days. This mat exercise is a good addition to your Pilates work out at home as it is different from the 1st two which we introduced. Practice this piece for core stability and hip mobility.

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